Awards & Honors

Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame (2017)

War Horse Award, (1995, Southern Trial Lawyers' Association)

Charles M. Leibson Lifetime Achievement Award 

Tommy Malone Great American Eagle Award (2010,  Southern Trial Lawyers Association)

Henry T. Duncan Award (2010,  Fayette County Bar Association)

Leonard M. Ring Champion of Justice Award (2011, Civil Justice Association)

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Awards & Honors
  • In 2012, Pete was awarded the Leonard M. Ring, Champion of Justice Award – one of the nation’s highest legal honors – given to a person whose life and career epitomizes a true champion of justice

  • Listed in Best Lawyers of America since its publication in 1986

  • He has served on the Board of Trustees of the National Judicial College

  • In 2012, Pete received the “Compassionate Gladiator Award” from the Florida Justice Association.

  • In 2013, the Litigation Counsel of America established the Peter Perlman Service Award.

  • Also in 2013, the Kentucky Justice Association honored Pete as the first recipient of the Charles M. Leibson Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • In addition, he received the AIEG “Award of Excellence” in 2014.

  • In 2015, Pete was inducted into the University of Kentucky Hall of Distinguished Alumni, which pays tribute to those UK alumni who have distinguished themselves through their contribution to the Commonwealth and the nation.President, Litigation Counsel of America (2013)

  • Member, Diversity Law Institute

  • Member, The Trial Law Institute

  • Past President of the American Association for Justice (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America)

  • Past President and Founding Member of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

  • Past President of the American Board of Trial Advocates (Kentucky Chapter)

  • Past President of the Civil Justice Foundation

  • Past President of the Kentucky Justice Association (formerly known as Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys)

  • Member Inner Circle of Advocates (since 1984)

  • Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (since 1984); Served 4 terms on the Board of Directors

  • Fellow of the International Society of Barristers

  • Featured in publication “Fighting for Public Justice – Cases and Trial Lawyers that made a difference"

  • Received Southern Trial Lawyers’ Association War Horse Award in 1995 

  • Authored numerous articles and legal publications, including the book "Opening Statement" and "Opening Statement, annotated"

  • Closing arguments from Peter’s cases have been profiled in numerous publications, including "Closing Arguments, Volume I and Volume II" published in 2006 and 2008

  • Each year, the Kentucky Justice Association honors the outstanding trial lawyer with the "Peter Perlman Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award"

  • Selected to University of Kentucky College of Law Alumni Hall of Fame, 1998

  • An endowment scholarship was established in Peter’s name at the UK College of Law - this has provided scholarships for more than 25 students

  • He has won more than 50 multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements and presently concentrates on crashworthiness litigation.  Peter frequently uses analogies, country music, proverbs and other similar methods to help tell the story to the jury

  • Received the President’s Award at the annual AIEG (lawyers specializing in crashworthiness cases) in 2009 and was recognized for his successful efforts to force General Motors and Chrysler to assume liability for all vehicles involved in collisions after bankruptcy

  • On May 5, 2010, Peter received the Henry T. Duncan Award from the Fayette County Bar Association at their 2010 Law Day Awards luncheon 

  • Received the Tommy Malone Great American Eagle Award in 2010 from the Southern Trial Lawyers Association

  • Received the Champion of Justice Award in 2011 from the Civil Justice Association

  • Awarded the Henry T. Duncan Award in 2010 by the Fayette County Bar Association

  • In 2012, Pete was awarded the Leonard M. Ring, Champion of Justice Award – one of the nation’s highest legal honors – given to a person whose life and career epitomizes a true champion of justice

  • Listed in Best Lawyers of America since its publication in 1986

  • He has served on the Board of Trustees of the National Judicial College

  • In 2012, Pete received the “Compassionate Gladiator Award” from the Florida Justice Association

  • In 2013, the Litigation Counsel of America established the Peter Perlman Service Award.

  • Also in 2013, the Kentucky Justice Association honored Pete as the first recipient of the Charles M. Leibson Lifetime Achievement Award

  • In addition, he received the AIEG “Award of Excellence” in 2014

  • In 2015, Pete was inducted into the University of Kentucky Hall of Distinguished Alumni, which pays tribute to those UK alumni who have distinguished themselves through their contribution to the Commonwealth and the nation
Awards & Honors


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